Bytemarks Cafe – Episode 2 – Aug. 13, 2008

We talk about the future of broadband Internet in Hawaii. Should we be satisfied with the current speeds we’re offered? And are companies staying competitive? This week’s guests:

  • Molly Holzschlag
  • David Lassner, CIO of the Univ. of Hawaii
  • Cliff Miyake, General Manager of TW Telecom

This week’s show topics:

  • National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service, in partnership with top international scientists and the U.S. Navy, has just completed a pioneering research effort in Hawaii to measure the biology and behavior of some of the most poorly understood whales on Earth.
  • Popular Hawaii artist Peggy Chun is still painting, despite being fully paralyzed, thanks to “brain painting,” made possible by a computer system developed with the help of a local technology company and a scientist the University of Virginia.
  • Oceanit’s Nanoconcrete has won a spot on NASA’s 2008 Nanotech Briefs Nano 50, which recognizes the top 50 technologies, innovators, and products that have significantly impacted the development of nanotechnology.
  • Scientists in Europe are about to fire up the biggest particle accelerator ever built. Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider, located over 300 feet underground near Geneva, Switzerland, announced this week that they’re going to start whipping particles around on September 10, less than a month from now.
  • Molly E. Holzschlag — well-known Web standards advocate, instructor, and author — is returning to Honolulu this week to lead workshops for Pacific New Media.
  • Hawaii Broadband Task Force was put together by the 2007 Legislature to look at what can be done to help Hawaii stay competitive with other states and countries with broadband Internet infrastructure. David Lassner chairs the task force.
  • This week’s audio pick came from the Independent Online Distribution Alliance, here’s Blondfire and their song Pretty Young Thing.

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Bytemarks Cafe now on iTunes

For all of you that asked when we were going to get the Bytemarks Cafe show up on iTunes, the answer is Now! Thanks to Ryan who submitted the feed to iTunes. Apple in turn (thankfully) accepted our application to be included in the iTunes directory and now Bytemarks Cafe is now searchable. Just go to the iTunes Store and search for Bytemarks. Bytemarks Cafe will come up. You can then subscribe, it’s free. We hope you will still listen to KIPO on Wednesday from 5-6pm for the live show but if you can’t here is the time-shifted option for your convenience. You can also launch iTunes and subscribe directly by clicking here. Enjoy!

Bytemarks Cafe – Episode 1 – Aug. 6, 2008

What’s all the Twitter about? Guests Ian Kitajima of Oceanit and Angela Keen of The Limtiaco Company talk about Twitter.

Tech Headlines:

  • This past week, Gov. Linda Lingle released $300,000 to the Maui Economic Development Board for the development of a new center aimed at encouraging careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
  • At this very moment, there are two historic ocean expeditions making their way across the Pacific toward Hawaii. First, a vessel dubbed the JUNK is Hawaii-bound as its sponsors hope to raise awareness about the impact of marine debris. Meanwhile, a woman by the name of Roz Savage is well on her way to becoming the first woman to row, solo, across the Pacific.
  • UHM Seed Academy — Classes start Aug. 11. “Hybrid” courses, which offer a blend of online and face-to-face instruction, have become increasingly popular in schools and colleges nationwide. Now, a new high school in Hawaii has taken the same concept and applied it to an entire school.
  • The Wall Street Journal just ran a fascinating piece on ‘The Virtual Vacation Home,’ describing how vacation home owners are using webcams to keep an eye on their properties. A couple in California is keeping a careful eye on their vacation home on Maui.
  • A Guam-based U.S. Navy nuclear submarine this summer may have leaked trace amounts of radiation at bases in Japan and in Guam, a Navy spokesman confirmed. The leak on the USS Houston was found on July 17 when the submarine was in dry dock in Hawaii.
  • The dream of commercial space flight and exploration was dealt a blow this weekend when a rocket launched from Kwajalein Atoll, located about 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii, failed. The Falcon 1 rocket was launched by California-based SpaceX — short for Space Exploration Technologies.
  • Upcoming Event: Tech Meetup for Content Hub Identity. Management Platform or chi.mp for short. Tuesday, Aug 12, 2008 at PF Chang from 5:30 to 7:30. Meet the tech people behind this innovative web project.
  • Song pick of the week contributed by a faithful listener: Exit Clov and their song “For Abednego”: http://tinyurl.com/exitclov

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24hrs to Blastoff

Finally the day has arrived. Ryan and I completed our dry runs, we met all the staff, we got our picture taken and were written about in the Hawaii Public Radio newsletter. Now we just need to Go Live! That will be in about 24 hours. Thanks for all the interest and support. Especially from all our Twitter friends. While radio can seem like a one-way broadcast, we always intended this to be a two-way conversation with you. There are a number of ways we can keep the conversation going. One of course is to call in during the show. Just call 941-3689 (from O`ahu), 1-808-941-3689 (from the Mainland) or 1-877-941-3689 (from the neighbor islands). We will try our best to answer your questions. If it is really tough, we’ll have our guests answer them. Ha! You can also Tweet us on Twitter.com. You can find me at @Bytemarks and Ryan @Hawaii. In the future we will incorporate an email and voice mail section of the show with listener feedback. Our voice mail number is 1-808-525-6409 and email can be sent to bytemarks@gmail.com. We’ll also be posting the shows as podcasts on the Hawaiipublicradio.org website as well as from this site. Let’s talk tech and make a difference in Hawaii!

Raw and Uncut

Over the weekend while chatting with Neenz, we thought it would be fun to get Roxanne Darling on the line with us and do a quick interview about Podcamp Hawaii.  I sent Rox a DM on Twitter and she got back almost immediately.  Ryan and I have been using Talkshoe to practice with so I gave Rox the number to call in and you can listen to the resulting 10 minute interview here. Nothing fancy, just chatting on the phone and straight to record, no post production. It might not be as polished as what you might hear on the radio but it’s about as real as it gets. We hope to be doing more of these short interviews once we go live. Just look for the Raw and Uncut versions.

Third Dry Run

The Aug 6th debut date for Bytemarks Cafe is getting closer. Ryan and I are spending these open Wednesdays in the studio with real guests running through our routine as though it were live. Beth-Ann Kozlovich is our executive producer and is freely giving us tips and critiques on how to improve our show. I’ll be honest with you, it is nerve wracking. I have a new appreciation of any of the NPR talk shows and especially tech podcasts like This Week In Tech and Buzz Out Loud, which aren’t NPR but great nevertheless. The past week we had John Chun on. He’s a telecom product manager working with video over the Internet products like IPTV. We covered everything from streaming video to your computer via YouTube to high end delivery like Vudu and Netflix/Roku. It was a fun conversation but listening to it later, I could tighten up my delivery. Glad we got a couple more weeks to go. I can practice a bit more.

Second Dry Run

Bytemarks Cafe Dry RunSince our go live date got moved to August 6th, we have a couple more chances to do practice runs. The main thing we wanted to focus on for this run through was sequencing of the show and making sure we got the intros and outros coordinated. I think it was a good improvement from our first dry run. Originally, Angela Keen and Ian Kitajima were to be our guests on our inaugural show. Since they were already scheduled, we had them on anyway. They were gracious enough to help us out. Angela is the consummate pro and Ian’s enthusiasm comes through no matter what he is doing. The subject was near and dear to all of us. I’ll give you a hint: @hawaii, @ikitajima, @angelakeen, @bytemarks. I’m not teasing I just don’t want to totally give it away. Why? Because the conversation was so fun, we plan to reprise the subject on our first show.

New Start Date

I just got an email from our show producer Beth-Ann telling me that some of the dates to the new shows were pushed back a month, including Bytemarks Cafe. The bottom line is we won’t start our first live show until Aug. 6th. At first I was a little disappointed over the delay. You get psyched to start only to find out you have to wait another month. In reality, it’s more time to get ready and you can never be too ready. Ryan and I did one dry run and we will probably do a couple more before the August start date. I’m finding honing down the right delivery takes a lot more on Hawaii Public Radio than on college radio. it’s a work in progress. These dry runs will not go to waste as they will go up as podcast as soon as we are official.

Dry Run

We just did a dry run of Bytemarks Cafe over at the KIPO studios. It was just like an actually one hour show but used mainly to give our producer, Beth-Ann Kozlovich a chance to critique us before we go live. I was joined by my co-host Ryan Ozawa and special guest Aaron Dragushan. Neenz Faleafine (@infinitypro) was also on hand to give us moral support. I’ll be posting show notes later and even have the show available as a podcast but for now it is under raps until the official roll out date of July 2nd. Hawaii Public Radio will issue some press release about Bytemarks Cafe so until then it was just between you and me. If you know Aaron, then you know we talked about Ask500people.com.